William Nettles Goodwin, was for many years the announcer and a recurring character of the Burns and Allen radio program, subsequently The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on television from 1950-1951. Upon his departure, he was replaced by Harry von Zell. A native of San Francisco, Goodwin attended the University of California, he acted in stage productions on the West Coast before he began working in radio in 1930. His initial work on the air was at a station in Oregon, it was followed by stints at stations in Los Angeles. Goodwin was known for promoting the item sold by the sponsor of the show, he was effective on radio in doing "integrated commercials", the first announcer to do so in which the advertisement was deftly woven into the show's storyline. In 1945, Goodwin was the "featured comedian" as a regular on The Frank Sinatra Show and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. In 1947, he had his own program, The Bill Goodwin Show, a situation comedy known as Leave It to Bill, which ran from April 26-December 13, 1947.
He was the announcer for the Blondie radio program. Goodwin was the host of television shows, including Colgate Penny to a Million, his last job as announcer was for NBC Radio's The Bob Hope Show. Not long before his death, Goodwin appeared as Ed Weston in two episodes of the short-lived CBS sitcom, The Eve Arden Show. Goodwin acted in several movies, including The Stork Club, The Jolson Story, Jolson Sings Again, he played the role of Sherman Billingsley in The Stork Club and that of the hotel detective in Hitchcock's Spellbound and appeared with Doris Day in Tea for Two. Goodwin's best film role was as a vain but impoverished stage actor in So This Is New York, his last major role was as the narrator for the animated television cartoon Gerald McBoing-Boing. Goodwin was inducted into the radio portion of the Hollywood Walk of Fame February 8, 1960, his star is at 6810 Hollywood Boulevard. Goodwin was married to actress Phillippa Hilber, his son is jazz drummer Bill Goodwin. Goodwin was found dead in his car on May 9, 1958, at the age of 47 after a heart attack in Palm Springs, California.
He is interred at the Desert Memorial Park in California. Bill Goodwin on IMDb Bill Goodwin, Television announcer at Find a Grave
Road to Utopia
Road to Utopia is a 1946 American semi-musical comedy film directed by Hal Walker and starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour. Filmed in 1943 but not released until 1946, Road to Utopia is the fourth film of the "Road to …" series. Written by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, the film is about two vaudeville performers at the turn of the twentieth century who go to Alaska to make their fortune. Along the way they find a map to a secret gold mine. In 1947, Road to Utopia received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Sal and Chester Hooton, an old married couple, are visited by their old friend Duke Johnson, the three reminisce about their previous adventure in the Klondike; the film flashes back to the turn of the century. A man is murdered and two thugs, McGurk and Sperry, steal a map to a gold mine; the map and mine belonged to a man named Van Hoyden and the dying man tells Sal the mine is in Alaska and to find a man named Ace Larson. Sal manages to get on the last boat to Alaska before Sperry.
To evade the police, the thugs duck into a theater, where Duke and Chester are performing vaudeville. They proceed to work the crowd with a "ghost scam" into "gambling" their money in hope of doubling it; as the police find the thugs, they escape onstage and reveal Chester hiding under the table with the crowd's money. Duke and Chester are forced to flee the angry mob; as Duke divides their money, Chester is fed up with having to jump from town to town. Duke convinces him to head north to Alaska to prospect for gold. Chester refuses on the grounds that every time Duke gets a "great idea", Chester is the one that gets the runaround. Chester takes all the money and tells Duke to go on without him; as McGurk and Sperry get on the boat bound for Alaska and Chester prepare to part ways. As they bid a solemn goodbye, picking each other's pocket, Duke steals the money. Chester waves goodbye, he is about to throttle Duke. In Duke's cabin, Chester takes the money back and puts it in a safe, which turns out to be a porthole.
With no money to pay for passage, they are forced to scrub the shovel coal. Sal meets with Ace Larson, a saloon owner and friend of her father. Instead of going to the police, Larson assures Sal, he gives her a job performing in an act which infuriates Larson's girlfriend, Kate. Larson tells Kate how he plans to take Sal's gold mine for the two of them and passionately kisses her. While doing housekeeping duties in a cabin, Chester finds the map to the gold mine; as the thugs enter behind them and Chester realize they have found the Van Hoyden map and the occupants are the killers. They overpower the thugs and take their place to get off the boat, only to find the entire town is terrified of the real thugs. Thinking they can get anything they want and Chester adopt the tough persona and head to the saloon, they argue over who gets to hold the map and decide to tear it in half and each man keep his for safe keeping. While enjoying "free" champagne and lots of dancing girls, they see Sal's singing routine and are both smitten.
Sal sends a note to Chester. She doubts they are the real killers, but Ace's lackey, reminds her to get the map at all costs. Chester confides in Sal about the map telling her how Duke hid his half in his hat. Sal tells him to return at midnight. Meanwhile, Duke receives a note from Sal, thinking he's McGurk, Sal plays up to him, allowing Lebec to take his hat and the map, she sends him away telling him to return at midnight. Duke and Chester are at first shocked to be on a date with the same woman, but the night is cut short when the real McGurk and Sperry burst into the hotel; as they make a hasty exit, Sal learns. Duke and Chester manage to escape by dog sled. Ace is furious to only have half a map, sends Kate to the get the other half, with Lebec as a backup plan. Kate tries to pull the "stranded girl in the snow" routine to attract Duke and Chester, but is interrupted by Sal's arrival; the four of them head to a nearby cabin. Kate tells Sal that they need to get the other half or the men will be killed.
After a failed attempt to get the map, Sal gets "McGurk" to reveal "Sperry" has hidden his half in his undershirt. She plays to "McGurk" and tells him that "Sperry" wants to steal his half and they should run away together. Duke says he'll take care of "Sperry" as Kate walks in. Sal, now realizing, refuses to go along with the plan, but Kate warns her that only Ace can keep them from being killed and the only way to get to him is to give up the map. Sal reluctantly agrees to steal the map while the men sleep, the two girls leave the next morning with Lebec. Duke and Chester are confronted by the real McGurk and Sperry and they realize the girls had stolen the map, they still manage to escape and the after a merry chase through the mountains head back to town. Sal tells Ace she'll only give up the map if he refuses to kill Duke and Chester, but instead he forms a posse to dispose of them. Somehow they managed to steal the map back, rescue Sal, scare away the mob and get rid of McGurk and Sperry.
They escape by dog sled with the mob after them but the sled overturns. The ice splits, leaving Sal and Chester on one side, Duke on the side of the mob, he wishes them well and turns to face the mob. The movie flashes bac
At War with the Army
At War with the Army is a 1950 American musical comedy film directed by Hal Walker and starring the comedy team of Martin and Lewis and introducing Polly Bergen. It was filmed from July through August 1949, released on December 30, 1950 by Paramount, it was re-released in 1958 by OMAT Pictures. Although filmed before My Friend Irma Goes West, it was held back until the sequel to Martin and Lewis' smash film debut My Friend Irma was released; the film is set at a United States Army base in Kentucky at the end of 1944, during World War II. The protagonists are First Sergeant Vic Puccinelli and Private First Class Alvin Korwin, who were partners in a nightclub song-and-dance act before joining the Army. Puccinelli wants to be transferred from his dull job to active duty overseas, but is refused transfer and is to be promoted to Warrant Officer. Korwin wants a pass to see his wife and new baby. In addition, they have to rehearse for the base talent show and avoid the wrath of Alvin's platoon sergeant, Sergeant McVey.
Along the way they both sing a few songs, they do an impression of Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald by recreating a scene from Going My Way for the talent show. Further complications include a Post Exchange worker, pregnant, a company commander who gets all his information from his wife, a scheming supply sergeant, a defective Coca-Cola machine; when Martin and Lewis signed their film contract with Paramount Pictures, they were allowed to make one film "outside" the studio per year through their own company, York Productions. This film was made under that provision, with the stars taking a small salary in exchange for 90 percent of the film's profits. However, upon its release and Lewis ended up in a long, drawn-out legal battle. After several years, they relinquished all financial interest in this film in exchange for not having to make any more of these "outside" ones; the copyright on this film was not renewed in 1977. The film is based on a play by James B. Allardice that ran for 151 performances from 1948-49 with Mike Kellin and Kenneth Forbes repeating their roles.
The producers opened up the play by adding a sequence of an Absent Without Leave Lewis in drag fending off the amorous advances of his drunken platoon sergeant, a sequence on an obstacle course and the addition of several songs written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. One of the Martin and Lewis films, Sailor Beware had a working title of At Sea with the Navy; this film's copyright was registered to York Pictures Corp. and Screen Associates, Inc. on January 23, 1951, was renewed on December 7, 1979. However, the film has since lapsed into the public domain as the copyright holders failed to renew their copyright in the 28th year of publication pursuant to the Copyright Act of 1909; as this film is in the public domain, there have been at least a dozen DVD releases from a variety of companies comprising many different quality prints. In July 2014, Film Chest released a restored version in HD. List of films in the public domain in the United States Hurst, Walter. Film Superlist: Motion Pictures in the U.
S. Public Domain. Hollywood Film Archive. ISBN 0-913616-29-X. At War with the Army on IMDb At War with the Army at Rotten Tomatoes At War with the Army on YouTube At War with the Army at the TCM Movie Database At War With the Army at the Internet Broadway Database At War with the Army is available for free download at the Internet Archive
Mikhail Rasumny was a Soviet- and American film actor. Rasumny was born in Odessa, son of the famous cantor Solomon Razumny, chief cantor of the choral synagogues in Kishinev and Odessa. After the death of his father in 1905 he moved to Saint Petersburg, where he began his theatrical career, he moved to Moscow and emigrated to Berlin in 1927. In 1933 he opened in Paris a Yiddish revue theater "Der kundes", in 1934 another Yiddish company "Parizer Azazel" in 1938 in New York — Yidishe dramatishe studie, he was buried at Beth Olam Cemetery in Los Angeles. The Smuggler's Bride of Mallorca It Happens Every Day Comrade X as arresting Russian officer Hold Back the Dawn as the mechanic For Whom the Bell Tolls as Rafael, the gypsy Our Hearts Were Growing Up Heartbeat as aspiring pickpocket Yves Cadubert Her Husband's Affairs as muddled inventor Emil Ginka Song of My Heart The Pirates of Capri Free for All Hot Blood as Old Johnny Mikhail Rasumny on IMDb Mikhail Rasumny at Find a Grave
Betty Hutton was an American stage and television actress, comedian and singer. Hutton was born Elizabeth June Thornburg in Michigan. While she was young, her father abandoned the family for another woman, they did not hear of him again until they received a telegram in 1937, informing them of his suicide. Betty and her older sister, were raised by her alcoholic mother, who took the surname Hutton. Marion was billed as the actress Sissy Jones; the three started singing in the family's speakeasy. Troubles with the police kept the family on the move, they landed in Detroit, where she attended Foch Intermediate School. On one occasion, when Betty, preceded by a police escort, arrived at the premiere of Let's Dance, her mother, arriving with her, quipped, "At least this time the police are in front of us!" Hutton sang in several local bands as a teenager, at one point visited New York City hoping to perform on Broadway, where she was rejected. A few years she was scouted by orchestra leader Vincent Lopez, who gave Hutton her entry into the entertainment business.
She appeared in several musical shorts for Warner Bros. Queens of the Air, Three Kings and a Queen, Public Jitterbug No. 1, One for the Book. Hutton was cast in Two for the Show which ran for 124 performances; the show was produced by Buddy DeSylva, who cast Hutton in Panama Hattie. This was a major hit running for 501 performances, it starred Ethel Merman, who demanded on opening night that Hutton's musical numbers be cut from the show. When DeSylva became a producer at Paramount Pictures, Hutton was signed to a featured role in The Fleet's In, starring Paramount's number-one female star Dorothy Lamour, alongside Eddie Bracken and William Holden; the film was popular and Hutton was an instant hit with the moviegoing public. Hutton was one of the many Paramount contract artists; the studio did not promote her to major stardom, but did give her the second lead in a Mary Martin film musical, Happy Go Lucky. Response was positive and Hutton was given co-star billing with Bob Hope in Let's Face It. During that year, she made $1250 per week.
In 1942, writer-director Preston Sturges cast Betty as the dopey but endearing small-town girl who gives local troops a happy send-off and wakes up married and pregnant, but with no memory of who her husband is, except that a few "z's" were in his name. This film, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, was delayed by Hays Office objections and Sturges' prolific output and was released early in 1944; the film made Hutton a major star. The New York Times named it as one of the 10 Best Films of 1942-1944. Critic James Agee noted that "the Hays office must have been raped in its sleep" to allow the film to be released, and although the Hays Office received many letters of protest because of the film's subject matter, it was Paramount's highest-grossing film of 1944, playing to standing-room-only audiences in some theatres. Paramount kept Hutton busy, putting her in And the Angels Sing with Fred MacMurray and Dorothy Lamour, Here Come the Waves with Bing Crosby. Both were huge hits. On the strength of Hutton's success, she signed a recording contract with the newly formed Capitol Records.
Buddy DeSylva, one of Capitol's founders co-produced her next hit, the musical Incendiary Blonde, where she played Texas Guinan. It was directed by veteran comedy director George Marshall and Hutton had replaced Lamour as Paramount's top female box-office attraction. Hutton was one of many Paramount stars in Duffy's Tavern, was top billed in The Stork Club with Barry Fitzgerald, produced by DeSyvla. Hutton went into Cross My Heart with Sonny Tufts, she did however enjoy the hugely popular The Perils of Pauline, directed by Marshall, where she sang a Frank Loesser song, nominated for an Oscar: "I Wish I Didn't Love You So."Hutton's relationship with Paramount began to disintegrate when DeSylva left the studio due to illness. "After I left I started doing scripts that I knew weren't good for me."Hutton made Dream Girl with MacDonald Carey, which she said "almost ruined me." She did Red and Blue with Victor Mature, which she disliked. Hutton's next screen triumph came in Annie Get Your Gun for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which hired her to replace an exhausted Judy Garland in the role of Annie Oakley.
The film, with the leading role retooled for Hutton, was a smash hit, with the biggest critical praise going to Hutton. She was billed above Fred Astaire in the 1950 musical Let's Dance. Hutton was one of several stars in The Greatest Show on Earth, she made an unbilled cameo in Sailor Beware with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, a remake of The Fleet's In, in which she portrayed Dean's girlfriend, Hetty Button. She made Somebody Loves a biography of singer Blossom Seeley, with Ralph Meeker. Hutton clashed with Paramount; the New York Times reported that the dispute resulted from her insistence that her husband at the time, choreographer Charles O'Curran, direct her in a film. In April 1952 Hutton returned to Broadway, performing in Betty Hutton and Her All-Star International Show. In July 1952 she announced she
Donald John DeFore was an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet from 1952 to 1957 and the sitcom Hazel from 1961 to 1965, the former of which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. DeFore was one of seven children born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Joseph Ervin, a railroad engineer who worked at the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company and was a local politician, Albina Sylvia DeFore. DeFore's mother, who directed plays at their local church, was of Czechoslovakian descent. After graduating from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, DeFore attended the University of Iowa, he studied law while playing basketball and baseball before becoming interested in acting. Since acting was not a major study at the university, he left and enrolled at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, where he won a scholarship and stayed for three years. During this time, he and four fellow students wrote a play called Where Do We Go From Here? It was presented in a little theater in Hollywood with DeFore in the cast.
As a young man, DeFore toured the country in stock companies for several years before making his Broadway debut in Where Do We Go From Here? in 1938, when Oscar Hammerstein II offered to take it to Broadway, DeFore and five of the original cast members went along. The show ran for four weeks, DeFore was soon recognized as a member of legitimate theater, he remained in New York and won a key role in The Male Animal, which ran for eight months on Broadway and eight months on the road. In Hollywood, DeFore's first screen appearance was in a bit part in 1936's Reunion. By the early 1940s, he was appearing in films such as: The Male Animal, A Guy Named Joe, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, You Came Along, Without Reservations, It Happened on Fifth Avenue, Romance on the High Seas, My Friend Irma and Jumping Jacks. In 1946, exhibitors voted him the fourth-most promising "star of tomorrow". DeFore worked in radio, performing on such programs as Suspense, Old Gold Comedy Theater, Lux Radio Theatre, but he is best known for his work in television.
Beginning in 1952, DeFore had a recurring role as the Nelsons' friendly neighbor, "Thorny", on the ABC sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, earning a nomination in 1955 for a Best Supporting Actor in a Regular Series Primetime Emmy Award. In time though, the role of Thorny was superseded by Lyle Talbot as Joe Randolph, Mary Jane Croft as his wife Clara. From 1954 to 1955, he served as president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, he was instrumental in arranging for the Emmy Awards to be broadcast on national television for the first time on March 7, 1955. He served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild. From 1961 to 1965, DeFore was a co-star of the television series Hazel as "Mr. B.", employer of the spirited, domineering housekeeper Hazel Burke, played by Shirley Booth and based on the cartoon character appearing in The Saturday Evening Post. DeFore was not the original actor to portray George Baxter. In the pilot episode, the role was played by character actor Edward Andrews.
DeFore took over the role. The series ran on prime time until 1966 when it was canceled by NBC. DeFore and his co-star Whitney Blake were written out of the series when CBS picked up the series for its final season. For his contribution to the television industry, Don DeFore has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6804 Hollywood Blvd. In 1965, DeFore and his daughter Penny wrote With All My Love, a book detailing Penny's experiences working in a Korean orphanage. DeFore released his memoirs, Hollywood DeFore and After. DeFore married singer Marion Holmes on February 14, 1942. Judy Garland served as Holmes' matron of honor. Holmes performed with the Henry Busse Orchestra from 1935 to 1939, with Art Kassel and his "Castles in the Air" from 1939 until their marriage, they had five children: Penny, Dawn and Autumn. They remained married until DeFore's death in 1993. DeFore and his family were longtime residents of the Mandeville Canyon section of Brentwood and attended the Village Church of Westwood Lutheran.
DeFore served as Brentwood's honorary Mayor and served as a member of the advisory committee for the California Department of Rehabilitation. DeFore was a 33rd degree Freemason. From 1957 to 1962, DeFore and his family operated the Silver Banjo Barbecue, a restaurant located in Frontierland of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. In July 1969, DeFore served as the American delegate at the Moscow International Film Festival. A long-time Republican, DeFore was a delegate at the 1980 Republican National Convention, his friend, former actor and 40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan, appointed him to the Presidential Advisory Council to the Peace Corps. On December 22, 1993, DeFore died of cardiac arrest at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, he is interred at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles. Don DeFore on IMDb Don DeFore at the Internet Broadway Database Don DeFore Official Fan Site – DeFore.net Don DeFore at TVGuide.com Don DeFore Collection at University of Southern California Cinema-Television Library Don DeFore at Find a Grave